20 Years of Executive Excess

Over two decades, Institute for Policy Studies researchers have examined how extremely high levels of compensation affect executive behavior. Such massive jackpots, we’ve found, give executives incentives to behave in ways that may boost short-term profits and expand their own paychecks at the expense of our nation’s long-term economic health. Tax dodging, mass layoffs, reckless financial deals, offshoring jobs, “creative accounting”—all of these appear to boost CEO pay. But they have dealt one body blow after another to the American middle class, leaving a deeply skewed distribution of income and wealth.

Below you can find each report we’ve published over the past 20 years.

Executive Excess 2014: The Obamacare Prescription for Bloated CEO Pay

Executive Excess 2014: The Obamacare Prescription for Bloated CEO Pay

Executive Excess 2013: Bailed Out, Booted, and Busted

Executive Excess 2013: Bailed Out, Booted, and Busted

Executive Excess 2012: The CEO Hands in Uncle Sam's Pocket

Executive Excess 2012: The CEO Hands in Uncle Sam’s Pocket

Executive Excess 2011: The Massive CEO Rewards for Tax Dodging

Executive Excess 2011: The Massive CEO Rewards for Tax Dodging

Executive Excess 2010: CEO Pay and the Great Recession

Executive Excess 2010: CEO Pay and the Great Recession

Executive Excess 2009: America's Bailout Barons

Executive Excess 2009: America’s Bailout Barons

Executive Excess 2008: How Average Taxpayers Subsidize Runaway Pay

Executive Excess 2008: How Average Taxpayers Subsidize Runaway Pay

Executive Excess 2007: The Staggering Social Cost of U.S. Business Leadership

Executive Excess 2007: The Staggering Social Cost of U.S. Business Leadership

Executive Excess 2006: Defense and Oil Executives Cash in on Conflict

Executive Excess 2006: Defense and Oil Executives Cash in on Conflict

Executive Excess 2005: Defense Contractors Get More Bucks for the Bang

Executive Excess 2005: Defense Contractors Get More Bucks for the Bang

Executive Excess 2004: Campaign Contributions, Outsourcing, Unexpensed Stock Options and Rising CEO Pay

Executive Excess 2004: Campaign Contributions, Outsourcing, Unexpensed Stock Options and Rising CEO Pay

Executive Excess 2003: CEOs Win, Workers and Taxpayers Lose

Executive Excess 2003: CEOs Win, Workers and Taxpayers Lose

Executive Excess 2002: CEOs Cook the Books, Skewer the Rest of Us

Executive Excess 2002: CEOs Cook the Books, Skewer the Rest of Us

Executive Excess 2001: Layoffs, Tax Rebates, and the Gender Gap

Executive Excess 2001: Layoffs, Tax Rebates, and the Gender Gap

Executive Excess 2000: Seventh Annual

Executive Excess 2000: Seventh Annual

Executive Excess 1999: A Decade of Executive Excess

Executive Excess 1999: A Decade of Executive Excess

Executive Excess 1998: CEOs Gain From Massive Downsizing

Executive Excess 1998: CEOs Gain From Massive Downsizing

Executive Excess 1997: CEOs Gain From Massive Downsizing

Executive Excess 1997: CEOs Gain From Massive Downsizing

Executive Excess 1996: How Wall Street Rewards Job Destroyers

Executive Excess 1996: How Wall Street Rewards Job Destroyers

Executive Excess 1995: Workers Lose, CEOs Win (II)

Executive Excess 1995: Workers Lose, CEOs Win (II)

Executive Excess 1994: Workers Lose, CEOs Win

Executive Excess 1994: Workers Lose, CEOs Win